The State of Requirements Management

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Recent webinar presentation by Jama Software and Ravenflow on the State of Requirements Management. This presentation shared the findings from an industry survey and report on the latest trends, challenges and techniques that teams are using to plan and develop new software products and systems.

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  • The slides from the recent webinar are now available to download from Slideshare. Thanks to the hundreds of participants who tuned in April 7th. Here's the link to the written report: http://www.jamasoftware.com/media/documents/State_of_Requirements_Management_2008_Jama.pdf
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The State of Requirements Management

  1. 1. The State of Requirement Management © 2007 Jama Software
  2. 2. John Simpson © 2007 Jama Software
  3. 3. About the Survey 203 professionals worldwide 40% business analysts Companies big and small Diverse industries © 2007 Jama Software
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  5. 5. Take-away: Fundamentals still apply “Managing the rapid change of requirements and traceability is our toughest challenge.” - Survey participant ©© 2008 Jama Software 2007 Jama Software
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  7. 7. Take-away: Speed does matter “We’re a fast follower. We watch the competition closely and then make it better.” - Survey participant ©© 2008 Jama Software 2007 Jama Software
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  9. 9. Take-away: Ask your customers “Lavish R&D budgets don’t deliver better performance. Customer focus does.” - Booz Allen Hamilton, Global Innovation 1000 Report ©© 2008 Jama Software 2007 Jama Software
  10. 10. Live Poll Question How often do you elicit requirements from your customers? © 2007 - 2009 Jama Software. All rights reserved.
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  12. 12. Take-away: Enhance and release “Our goal is to deliver quality software in a reduced timeframe using an iterative approach to development and systematic testing.” - Survey participant ©© 2008 Jama Software 2007 Jama Software
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  14. 14. Take-away: Complexity impacts success Scope Team Success ©© 2008 Jama Software 2007 Jama Software
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  16. 16. Take-away: Change is a reality – manage it “You have to manage change effectively, or it will manage you.” - Survey participant ©© 2008 Jama Software 2007 Jama Software
  17. 17. Live Poll Question Is change management an issue for your team? © 2007 - 2009 Jama Software. All rights reserved.
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  19. 19. Take-away: Satisfaction #1, but get consensus “To avoid conflicts, teams should all agree on the shared goals and metrics as much as possible.” - Jeff Lash, author of blog How to Be a Good Product Manager ©© 2008 Jama Software 2007 Jama Software
  20. 20. Live Poll Question Is your team in sync on how you measure success? © 2007 - 2009 Jama Software. All rights reserved.
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  24. 24. Take-away: Success rates still suffer “Some of the biggest problems come from pursuing what the customer says they want, without determining what they really need.” - Survey participant ©© 2008 Jama Software 2007 Jama Software
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  26. 26. Take-away: Many companies use a mix “It depends highly on the project characteristics, so it varies from Waterfall to Agile.” - Survey participant ©© 2008 Jama Software 2007 Jama Software
  27. 27. Live Poll Question Which process does your team use? © 2007 - 2009 Jama Software. All rights reserved.
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  30. 30. Take-away: Documents still dominate, but collaboration in RM is on the rise. “Requirements management is a communication process. Collaboration happens when everyone has the same understanding of the requirements.” - Survey participant ©© 2008 Jama Software 2007 Jama Software
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  32. 32. Live Poll Question What’s your favorite genre of music? © 2007 - 2009 Jama Software. All rights reserved.
  33. 33. Summary: So, what did we learn? No substitute for the fundamentals Customers really do rule Change and complexity – deal with it Companies use a mix of processes Collaboration meets requirements ©© 2008 Jama Software 2007 Jama Software
  34. 34. Next Step Participate in the 2009 Survey 10 Minutes 20 Questions © 2007 - 2009 Jama Software. All rights reserved.
  35. 35. Questions? John Simpson jsimpson@jamasoftware.com www.jamasoftware.com © 2007 - 2009 Jama Software. All rights reserved.

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